Those who understand recovery as a process understand that pre-recovery and post-recovery are in fact part of the process and should be just as important. Pre-recovery can be considered the executive intervention part of the whole recovery process. The intervention process should be performed very seriously and very calmly because this is the first step for many addicts. The intervention is not meant to scare them or break them, it is meant to let them know, this is where your addiction stop and your sobriety begins. Many treatment centers offer intervention services so you do not have to plan one on your own. The intervention is critical so you want to perform the best way you can with as much guidance and information you can get.
When someone is in treatment they are surrounded by medical staff, addiction specialist, professional counselors and other trained staff. They are in very good hands and are in the safest environment for their state of being. Once they complete their entire treatment program and are ready to return home starts another phase of recovery. Post-recovery can be more difficult for some and it is not uncommon for someone who did great through treatment to experience a relapse in post recovery.
It may not be the case that the patient was not ready to be back home or that they were not all the way recovered, they just may have been overwhelmed. It is very difficult to stay on track after recovery and that is why some people hire a type of recovery assistant like a sober coach or sober buddy. These people can help a patient focus on his long-term recovery goals and not succumb to any addictive behaviors or pressures.